The Service Entrance

Apart from the grand staircase, another entrance to the Terrace is known, which due to its remote and inconspicuous location could have served only as a service-gate. This was a small door situated near the northwestern corner of the platform where the rock was not hewn;

and consequently, the Terrace was left attached to and at tthe adjacent mound.

FrTen meters to the south of this «door», three wide blocks of stone lie on the ground; these were the foundation stones of a «gatehouse», and one of them still bears the hollow used for the sill of the door of the assumed structure. One scholar interpreted this cavity as a fire holder and proposed that there was a fire temple here. This and the conclusions that he drew upon it were shown by G. Tilia to be erroneous.

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